Woman buried alive, dies as healing ritual gets bizarre

A 25-year-old woman has died after being buried under a mound of cow dung by a snake charmer in a bizarre healing ritual.

The victim, named as Devendri, was collecting wood for cooking at her home in rural India when she was bitten on the hand by a snake.

The mother-of-five ran home to tell her husband, Mukesh, who decided to call the local snake charmer.

The desperate husband agreed to allow snake charmer, Murarey, to bury his wife in manure, as he suggested it would suck out the poison.

People gathered outside the house in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, and watched as Murarey completely buried Devendri in cow dung while chanting mantras.

After 75 minutes, Devendri had died from suffocation.

The husband, Mukesh, said: “My wife went out to get firewood and when she was collecting the wood, a snake bit her.

“We tried some medicines, a ground powder, and tied a rope around her arm. But the snake charmer advised us to cover her in cow dung, so we did.

“The snake charmer was confident he could help. We left her in the cow dung for 75 minutes.

“I never thought she would die; I really thought she’d survive, and it’d work. I never thought this would happen.”

Snake charmer, Murarey, said: “I’m known in this area to treat animal bites. I think the snake was a cobra. And yes, she died because she was buried.”

Mukesh is now left to raise five children alone. He is completely baffled the burial method did not work on saving his wife.

Station house officer, Anand Veer, at Kakod Police Station, said: “We are not aware of this incident at the station. No one has reported anything or lodged a complaint.”

(UKMetro)

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